Chemical abortion in the form of the “abortion pill” now accounts for 54% of U.S. abortions in 2022, up from 39% in 2017, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization with historical ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
South Carolina Lawmakers Advance Six-Week Ban On Most Abortions
The South Carolina House of Representatives approved on May 17 a ban on most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, paving the way for a significant change to the legality of abortion in one of the few Southern states that has not yet added restrictions to the procedure after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer.
FDA Faces Skeptical Questioning From Federal Judges Over Abortion Pill
In a two-hour hearing on May 17 looking at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decades-old approval of an abortion pill, federal judges seemed to have a harsher line of questioning for attorneys for the federal government and the drug maker, indicating they might be sympathetic to those challenging the drug’s availability.
North Carolina Lawmakers Uphold Abortion Ban Legislation
Legislation in North Carolina that bans most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, which the state’s bishops say “represents progress toward building a culture of life,” will now become law after the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly overrode the Democratic governor’s veto.
FDA Panel Backs Over-the-Counter Birth Control Sales
An advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously on May 10 to recommend that a birth control pill be sold in the U.S. without a doctor’s prescription.
N.C. Poised to Enact 12-Week Abortion Ban Over Governor’s Objections
North Carolina legislators appear poised to pass a ban on abortions after 12 weeks despite objections from the state’s governor.
NYS Catholic Leader: Gov. Hochul’s Latest Abortion Access Moves Are ‘Misguided’
The New York State Catholic Conference called Gov. Kathy Hochul “terribly misguided” in her focus, after the governor signed legislation that makes abortion medication more accessible in New York, including at state universities.
Abortion Bans Fail In Gop-Controlled Nebraska and South Carolina
Abortion bans failed in Nebraska and South Carolina, two Republican-led states, in the final week of April following a successful effort in North Dakota.
Kansas Enacts ‘Born-Alive’ Bill After Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto
Lawmakers in the Kansas Legislature voted April 26 to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a “born-alive infants protection act.”
North Dakota Bishops Praise State’s Six-Week Abortion Ban
A six-week abortion ban signed into law April 24 by North Dakota’s Republican governor, Doug Burgum, is being hailed by the state’s Catholic bishops as an “important step toward making the state a sanctuary for life.”